Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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bird shaped whistle
  • unknown Southwestern Native American maker
  • bird shaped whistle, late 1800s
  • Where object was made: Southwestern United States
  • ceramic, glazing
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 7 x 7 x 2.5 cm width from beak to tail
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 2 3/4 x 2 3/4 x 1 in width from beak to tail
  • Gift of James K. Allen
  • Not on display
  • 2007.1680

The small bird-shaped ceramic whistle has a light grey body with a red-brown neck. The head appears to have a comb. There is a hole on either side and the tail is the mouthpiece.